2006 Teaching and Learning Symposium

3:00-4:30 p.m., April 25, 2006
Mary Gates Commons

Session Description

Supporting Development of Writing-Integrated Courses Through the 4x4 Writing Initiative

John Webster (College of Arts & Sciences Writing Program), Amy Reddinger (English), and Jennie Dorman (CIDR)

Sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the 4x4 Initiative is a program to support faculty in developing writing-integrated courses. The initiative engages faculty from up to four departments at a time, with up to four faculty from each of the participating departments. These faculty members work together through a set of workshops to plan new ways of integrating writing into their undergraduate courses. For more information on such writing-integrated courses see our Designing Writing-Integrated Courses page.

Faculty from participating units take different paths to address their department’s writing needs: some focus on a single set of existing undergraduate courses; others develop new undergraduate courses designed to fit within an existing department curriculum; and others create an unrelated set of courses to be taught by individual faculty members.

This year, the faculty in the 4x4 initiative participated in six sessions in the Fall quarter, which focused on the following topics:

  • Introduction to the 4x4 Project
  • Assignment Design
  • Creating Rubrics and Assessing Grading
  • Handling the Paper Load
  • Working with TAs and Using Writing Centers & Peer Review
  • Proposals of Classes Faculty Plan to Teach

Faculty met again in the Winter to provide updates on their courses and ask questions, and a final meeting is scheduled for Spring Quarter so that participants can share their written descriptions/reflections of their courses.